Seven Last Words Daily Devotional -9
by David Joynt on February 25, 2021
LUKE 23:42 | 42 Then he said, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.”
The penitent criminal speaks about Jesus in deep and true ways, but his request is even more profound. Where does this faith come from? He asks Jesus to remember him when he “comes into His kingdom.” There is no one else who still believes that Jesus will rule a kingdom. His disciples are certain their movement will die with their leader and they are in lockdown out of fear. A few loyal friends and family, mainly women, have the courage to watch His final hours of suffering. But they all agree with the people, the leaders, and the soldiers: genuine Messiah’s don’t end up on crosses, failed one’s do. When everyone else assumes unmitigated tragedy has struck down any semblance of hope, this dying criminal can sense a future.
How strong is your faith in the face of tragedy?